Cuba, Schlanger Earn ITA Division III All-American Accolades

(L-R): Lubomir Cuba and Kyle Schlanger
(L-R): Lubomir Cuba and Kyle Schlanger

COMPLETE LIST OF ITA DIVISION III ALL-AMERICANS

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently released its list of Division III All-Americans and a pair of Middlebury men were recognized by the organization. Included were Middlebury junior Lubomir Cuba (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and senior Kyle Schlanger (Summerfield, N.C.), as Cuba earned the laurel in singles and the pair did as a doubles team.

Cuba picks up his second-straight All-American nod in both singles and doubles. The 2018 All-NESCAC First-Team selection finished the year with a 23-7 record, participating in the NCAA Singles Tournament. The 2017 NESCAC Player of the Year became the first player in the program's history to win the NCAA Tournament singles title a year ago. He followed that a few hours later by claiming the NCAA Tournament doubles crown. Cuba ended 2018 as the nation's sixth-ranked player and second-ranked individual in the northeast region. He enters next season with a record of 52-10 in two seasons at Middlebury.

Cuba and Schlanger, 2018 First-Team All-NESCAC doubles honorees, finished the season with a 28-3 record as a tandem and a 24-3 mark in dual matches. The tandem won 19-straight matches to conclude the season, including rattling off four-straight victories en route to the program's second-consecutive NCAA Doubles title. The All-American nod in doubles was the second for Cuba and the initial accolade for Schlanger.

As a team, Middlebury finished with a 25-4 overall record, setting a single-season record in wins (25) and marking the sixth-straight season the program has eclipsed the 20-win plateau. The Panthers earned the third NCAA title in the program's history, joining the 2004 and 2010 squads. The team squared off with 16 opponents who were ranked in the top 25 this season. Middlebury grabbed the No. 1 final national ranking and top slot in the region.